Panxiu embroidery

 Panxiu embroidery



Panxiu embroidery is a traditional handicraft of the Tu minority in Huzhu Tu Autonomous County, Qinghai Province. Archeological findings show that this skill can be dated as far back as the 4th century.

Panxiu embroidery is used as a decoration on Tu women's attire. The skill has been passed down from mothers to daughters, and also between sisters and sisters-in-law for a long time. Silk threads with seven different colors are used to make Panxiu embroidery. No canopy is used. With cloth in the left hand and a needle in the right hand, an embroiderer only uses one threaded needle to do both sides, front and back, of a single piece of cloth.

Although Panxiu embroidery is complicated and time-consuming, it's durable and artistically pleasing. The commonly embroidered patterns are traditional patterns of Tu minority, such as cloud patterns, diamond patterns, and Buddhist figures.

The 1,600-year-old Tu Panxiu embroidery has great artistic and cultural value. However, this art form is close to distinction because more masters are elderly and young women prefer less complicated ways of embroidering.